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The State of State Tables in the AMRF



Don E. Libes


This paper discusses the representation of automation control algorithms by state tables. Earlier papers favoring state tables are discussed in light of experience since they were written. It is suggested that the disadvantages of state tables outweigh their advantages and that we ought to look to more powerful representations. This paper is concerned with representational adequacy for humans, and unless explicitly stated otherwise, the word representation will refer to this. This paper does not discuss representations for computers.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 3541
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automation control algorithms, state tables, representation, computers


Libes, D. (1987), The State of State Tables in the AMRF, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed July 19, 2024)


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Created January 1, 1987, Updated October 16, 2008